Like a monkey riding a motorcycle in a carnival sideshow.

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  1. Toto'sDad

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    The thread about going back and talking to yourself when you were younger and somehow convincing your younger self to do differently reminded me of a story an old pal of mine once told me. Whether it's true or not I can't say, but it makes a whole lot of sense.

    It seems this guy had a sideshow in a carnival where people would come in and watch his trained monkeys ride little motorcycles on a kind of a merry go round affair. Just before he would let the people in through a curtain, he'd grab the monkeys up one, by one, and put them on the motorcycles on the carousel that was turning slowly. The monkeys would all fight him when he grabbed them up out of their cage, but once he set them on their little motorcycle, they were just like Motaur in the Progressive ad, they just hung on and went for a ride. The faster the sideshow guy turned the carousel the tighter they hung on, until they were traveling at dizzying speed!

    I think for the most part, we're like the monkeys, life grabs us by the neck, throws us in the saddle of the motorcycle of life, and though we may struggle a bit, when our butts hit the seat, we just hang on and go for the ride. Those of you who think you are the captain of your own destiny, review what's going on around you, and see if you can still believe that. We are little electrons flowing through the universe without the slightest control of where we are going, or how long the ride will be. NO AMOUNT OF PLANNING WILL BEAT DUMB LUCK!
     
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    That certainly seems right, TD. Especially lately.

    I grew up as a man of faith, thinking something greater is in charge. I still view the world like that in a lot of ways. A default worldview that, when looking back from middle-age, looks more like being hobbled than comforted.

    See, me and the Universe had a little fight this past weekend.
    "Hey Big U," says I. "Don't line me up with a life full of responsibility and work and purpose that I can really throw my shoulder into, gifts that I nurture and carry like burdens, love that seems abiding . . . and then get some wild hair to threaten it all. Out of the blue."

    I need to feel like I have some modicum of choice in the matter.

    Maybe the choice has been mine all along. Maybe it's all just been an overly complicated way of figuring out how to just hang on for the ride, and hanging on has really been the only choice I've ever made.

    No matter.
    What I hope rises to the surface is love. That it's not dependent on anything but itself. That'd be nice. Love is the only thing I can't explain from a cynical, nihilistic point of view. I've seen too much to dismiss it.
    But even that feels like it's hanging by a thread sometimes lately.

    Thanks, TD, for the pep talk.
    And opening up a place for me to air this out. :)
     
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    You miss the meaning of my post, it's not a downer. In fact for me, when I turned loose and let life take me where it wanted me, I was ten times better off than when I thought I was running it. I think somehow we all have some sort of destiny, but we get fowled up by kicking against the goads, and always trying to sail into the wind. If you let life lead you, you'll probably be okay. It's a lot easier floating down stream, than always trying to swim against the current.
     
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    I wish I could bottle and sell a little of what I've learned in life, but it just doesn't work that way, we all have to find out what's behind door number three for ourselves. I do know that fighting against the currents of life is a waste of time. Not everyone is meant to be Elvis, or Keith, or whoever you might think you want to be like, that job is already filled. When people are talking about what has gone into making them successful or famous, it's kind of like listening to Marty Stuart spin one of his yarns about life, it's entertaining, but there ain't whole hell of a lot of food value in it! :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    I like that kind of talk, they teach that to you when you're going to be out selling Kirby Vacuum cleaners. Uh, it's been a while since I sold Kirby Vacuum cleaners. I liked that catchy little knock off tune, there's power in the gang. The only guy who ever really made any money off of the Kirbys was my boss, who stayed in the office and gave pep talks while we were out working! :lol::lol:
     
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    I spent the first forty or fifty years of my life fighting "whatever" is really in control of things. At some point, it came to me that ALL of the things that had happened to me that I hated or didn't want to happen were in reality the best things for me. I didn't just throw up my hands and stop making choices for myself, but I think I did start tempering my choices with a (hopefully) wisdom born of that knowledge. Maybe it's a cliche'.....but I sincerely stopped worrying about what I DIDN'T have, and started appreciating what I DID have. Maybe I'll NEVER find out what's behind door number three......but whether it's a weekend with Scarlet Johannson or the Spanish Inquisition doesn't really matter.....I'm good as I am. ;)
     
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    Dumb but fun movie called “Yes Man” about a very cautious guy who is talked into going to a positive thinking seminar - the whole point of which is simply to say Yes to anything/any opportunity that comes along.


    So, instead of just watching the movie and laughing at Jim Carey and admiring Zoey Deschanel - I decided to do it .


    For over a year, if someone called with any invitation or opportunity, I just said “Yes”. It turned out to be great .

    I found myself doing things I’d never do , seeing some great art, bands , ball games, and even some jobs I never thought I’d do.


    The thought of an extremely methodically planned-out life is appealing - because I never did it before.

    But - having largely done the opposite, I got no complaints !
     
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